2017: Now living in Dromore. Charged with meeting a female child that he allegedly groomed. Banned from social media

March 2009

Suspended term for breach of sex order

A LURGAN man who used mobile phones to contact two teenage girls in breach of a sexual harm order was given a suspended prison sentence at Craigavon court.

Twenty-nine-year-old Richard David McCrea, of Union Street, Lurgan, admitted that on December 10 he, being the subject of a Risk of Sexual Harm Order, without reasonable excuse had possession of two mobile phones, had access to the internet and also contacted two females under 17 years of age, acts he was prohibited from performing under the Order.

For this offence he was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for three years.

The court heard that police received information that McCrea had been using a mobile phone. He had purchased one in October and another in November.

A prosecutor said McCrea had used the phones to contact two females aged 15 and 16 and had access to the internet.

A Sexual Harm Order ran out last month and a new one for five years was put in place.

McCrea knew if he breached the order again he would go to prison.

District Judge, Mr Alan White, pointed out that the defendant had a previous conviciton for a similar offence and the report indicated he had a limited level of co-operation with probation.